Farah Abushullaih is the Head of Museum at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra). She holds an MA in museum anthropology from New York’s Columbia University, and a BA in international business and intercultural communications from Aston University in Birmingham, UK.
Abushullaih joined the Ithra team in 2012 as Lead Curator of the Great Hall exhibition space. During her time at Ithra, she has launched several programs and initiatives that greatly support the development of the Kingdom’s creative sector and provide a platform for cross-cultural engagement. She has curated and developed several local and international exhibitions in collaboration and partnership with distinguished institutions. Abushullaih has led bringing global art to the Kingdom, exhibiting works of art by renowned Norwegian artist Edvard Munch for the first time in the Middle East, as well as exhibiting the works of Leonardo da Vinci in Saudi Arabia for the first time.
In 2021, she introduced the first immersive art exhibition in the Kingdom that addresses the topic of sustainability. Abushullaih also led the development of the local art scene and artists by working with a pioneering team to create the Ithra Bridges program, a series of creative and impactful programs that provided a platform for more than 50 Saudi artists participating in international exhibitions, including shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum.